Author Archives: Brett Vassey

About Brett Vassey

Brett Vassey is the sixth President & CEO of the VMA, representing Virginia’s estimated 6,000 manufacturing facilities employing over 230,000 Virginians.

USMCA: Good For Virginia’s Economy

International trade is now a regular topic of conversation across the Commonwealth and the U.S.   Last year, Virginia manufacturers exported $15.11 billion in goods.    In particular, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will accomplish what many thought impossible nearly a year ago – freer … Continue reading

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Taxes, Fees and the Virginia Budget Process

The General Assembly adjourned the 2010 Regular Session on March 14th, 2010, after only a one day extension. Budget Conferees and Leaders claimed victory by closing the $4.2 billion revenue shortfall facing the Commonwealth without a tax increase. Of course, the definition of a fee or tax seems to be in the eye of the beholder. Regardless, anyone involved in the budget process will admit that it is complicated, insular and growing in unintended consequences due to the limited time available for evaluation and debate. Continue reading

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